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Cameo

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Cameo has delicate features, slender bones and hair like cream silk (Obernewtyn, pg 74). Elspeth is astonished that anyone could condemn her as a Misfit. She tries to be friendly with Elspeth but Elspeth is disinterested and disappoints her.
She is among the group Elspeth is with that is taken on a tour of the farms by Ariel. She again tries to be friendly with Elspeth to no success. Whilst all the Misfits hate, even fear Ariel, Cameo does not seem to as she smiles at him, his return smile unpleasant. When they go to work on the farms she chatters happily to him. She is sent to work in the orchards. Whenever she works on the farms she sits with Matthew, Dameon and Elspeth at midmeal.

She tells Elspeth she has true dreams and one in particular where something evil is trying to get her. She is scared to go to sleep because of them. Her true dreams were the reason she was sent to Obernewtyn.
When Madam Vega returned Cameo began receiving ‘treatments’. When asked about her visits to the Doctor’s chamber she didn’t know what Elspeth was talking about. Elspeth tries probing her to find out what was happening to her but finds that her mind is a maze of blocks because it has been tampered with. Her attitude towards Ariel changes to one of fear.

She disappears for a week and says she has been ill. She talked and laughed but seemed frail, brittle. She was moved into the same room as Elspeth to sleep in. Elspeth is woken by her psychic scream. Cameo speaks of a secret whilst in a trance in which her eyes were ochre before falling into a sound sleep. She is scared and haunted by nightmares.
When she hears people asking if Selmar has been caught she has a look of horror on her face. She later warns Elspeth that they have to get away, something terrible is going to happen, that they want Elspeth and “the power...” and she faints before she can finish.

A shy relationship begins to develop between Cameo and Matthew.

She again wakes Elspeth and speaks of a map that was hidden, and Elspeth realises the ochre colour her eyes turn in a trance remind her of Marisa Seraphim. After that event she rapidly declined, losing weight and colour.

Alexi, Madam Vega and Ariel believe Cameo set off the Zebkrahn machine and believe her to be the key to their research in the same way they believed Selmar was before they destroyed her.

Cameo tries to tell Elspeth of a dream she had but Elspeth doesn’t listen. Dameon tells Elspeth of a true dream he had in which Cameo died.

Cameo disappears during the week Elspeth is ill. She is found by Elspeth in the caves. She is weak and tells Elspeth she shouldn’t be there. She says she knew Elspeth would come and when Elspeth thinks “Too late” she reads her inner thought and protests. She explains that whatever Alexi and the others did made her smarter, more sensitive. She had a true dream without sleeping in which she dreamt Elspeth would have to do something alone, more important than anything else in the world to do with “this place” and the map Alexi seeks that leads to the machines that made the Great White. Elspeth must stop them from finding it, destroy it. Cameo did not tell them what she learnt. She tells Elspeth that she is the Seeker and that “So long as it exists, fate will draw you to it.” She whispers “You came” to Elspeth before she dies.

Elspeth vows that Ariel and the others would pay for what they’d done to both Cameo and Selmar. Matthew is scarred by Cameo’s death and desired to hunt down Ariel when he fled from the caves but the others believed he would perish in the cold.

Cameo is mentioned throughout the following books as Elspeth continues to grieve the loss of her friend years afterwards.
Age: About twelve (Obernewtyn, pg 74)
Position: Original Obernewtyn Misfit before Rushton took over; died as result of Alexi’s research.
Talents: Full extent unknown; truedreaming, possibly farseeking and futuretelling.
Notes: The name 'Cameo' is of Latin origins and means 'shadow portrait'. Interesting since all we see of Marisa Seraphim is her portrait, and Cameo channels Marisa, a 'shadow' of the portrait.
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Encyclopedia entry Posted by Min
Info Created: Monday 02 August 2010 - 21:31:47
Last Updated: Sunday 03 August 2014 - 14:24:10

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